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Red balloons set to fly in memory of our Stephen

THE family and friends of the late Stephen Gately will be paying tribute to him on the second anniversary of his death.

The pop star's loved ones will mark the date on Monday as they commemorate the popular Dubliner.

Fans of the Boyzone singer from around the world have vowed to wear his favourite colour of red, light candles and release balloons in his memory.

His tight-knit family will be marking the emotional day in their own way as they remember the 33-year-old.

"Last year they decided to scatter his ashes to mark the first anniversary of his death in Dalkey Bay and this year they will mark the day privately," said a close source.

"It's always going to be difficult time of year for them, no matter how many years pass.

"But they have been overwhelmed by all the support they have received from Stephen's many fans."

Band member Keith Duffy has revealed how he would not be letting the day go unmarked, and neither would Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch.

"I'll be wearing something red on Monday in his memory. Miss you every day buddy xxx," he told his fans.

His fans have also organised a balloon release as a unique tribute to Stephen.

They have called on supporters to release a red balloon on October 10 to mark the day.

Organisers aim to "honour and remember the wonderful man that created so many happy and special moments for us all".

Stephen died suddenly at the home he shared with partner Andy Cowles at their apartment in Majorca aged 33.

It was later discovered he'd suffered from an undiagnosed heart condition.

mfinn@herald.ie